I started reading the next passage I will be preaching on this week and suddenly realised one of the important aspects of what I was reading.
I’ve just preached through Ephesians chapter 5 and looking to start chapter 6, and it hit me that we are learning all about relationships.
One of the best things to have in life is great relationships.
Life without other people is meaningless.
We were not made to live in isolation, and one of the wonders in life is gong through this journey with people you love and who love you.
In this aspect I am blessed beyond measure.
Sometimes however relationships are difficult, and it would help us all if we were to learn more about living in relationship with others.
The Word does this for us.
I’ve been teaching that as we learn more about grace and the finished work of Jesus (Ephesians 1 to 3 and Galatians 1 to 3 for example), we learn to live more out of the spirit and for others, rather than out of the flesh and for self.
This if course will lead to better relationships, if we prefer the needs of others over our own, if we live out of the spirit rather than out of the flesh.
Much of what we read in the latter part of Ephesians is how to live out the truth of grace, how to walk in the light, and this is all about relationships.
We read about marriage, about parents and children, about workers and bosses, and about submitting one to another.
As we learn more about grace our relationships will improve, that is what Paul is telling us through the letter to the Ephesians.
So how do you improve your relationships; you learn more about grace and the finished work of Jesus, easy!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that it is the understanding of the Word that will lead to lasting and permanent change in my life”.
Ephesians 5 v 21…..Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God